Re: Phone companies, sheesh
- From: "Bishoop" <none@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 11:40:22 -0400
"Thumper" <jaylsmith@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Mon, 17 Sep 2007 14:40:51 -0700, B <b@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
A walking saleman came to my door the other day trying to sell me
AT&Ts combined phone/internet/tv plan. I currently have Comcast with
high speed internet and a regular copper-wired phone. As I looked at
"the plan", the TV was not AT&T, rather they were just re-selling
satellite. The internet access with phone was dsl over my existing
line, much much much slower than Comcast. These phone companies are
becoming nothing more than marketing and billing outfits. The phone
companies could have owned the world today had they just simply
replaced their twisted pair to homes with coax, but instead of
actually improving the technical infrastructure, they decided to be
marketing companies, reselling satellite, and trying to make dsl look
fast. The stupidest thing the phone companies ever neglected to do in
1993, when the Internet was emerging, was to ignore it, hope that it
would go away, and not bother to replace the last-mile wire to
accomodate it. I asked the salesperson why should I buy satellite
from a reseller instead of going direct? She gave me hype. I asked
her to give me internet access faster than Comcast, she gave me more
hype. If they really had something worthwhile, it would sell itself
and they would not need to use door to door "vacuum cleaner salesman"
tactics. Thanks for listening, you can move on now.
Before DSL, they tried ISDN. Remember that crap?
AT&T owns the satellite company.
By the way. Upgrading facilities is more complicated than that. AT&T
from 1984 till 1996 was forbidden to compete with the local
companies. They had nothing to do with the last mile.
Powerful state commissions and regulatory boards were very protective
of local companies. Only recently with the competition from cable and
satellite has their been this surge in upgrade. The government
finally had to let AT&T compete.
Regulatory issues have changed.
ATT does NOT own any satellite company. They partner with either Dish or
Direct, don't recall which at the moment.
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